You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat”. Well, while too many jelly donuts may make your tummy resemble Santa’s, shaking like a bowl full of the stuff, besides watching what food you put in your mouth, you also need to watch what thoughts you are putting into your mind. Negative thoughts can affect your body in a negative way, just as much as the food you eat. I believe this could explain why so many patients who receive a devastating terminal or serious health diagnosis seem to, many times, immediately get significantly worse. Being told that you have cancer and need a horrible treatment, or that you have a terminal disease, and only have a few years left, is a bit unsettling, to say the least. When negative thoughts fill our minds, they can become all that we focus on. If those negative thoughts are health related, they can take over, and become our main focus. Add to that, the stress and thought patterns necessary to get through everyday life filled with treatments, doctors, and worsening health, and it’s a wonder anyone gets better at all. I believe if doctors could change the way they present the news of an incurable or serious illness to their patients, the recovery and survival rates would skyrocket. Just letting people know that besides medicine, there are other areas of their lives that can hold the answers to improvement in their health, even something as simple as the thoughts they think, would make a huge difference in a person’s life. In the placebo effect, patients who think they are receiving medication get better when they only received a placebo and no medicine, because they thought they would get better. This proves the power that our thoughts hold.
Author and queen of affirmations, Louise Hay, said that disease can be reversed by changing your mental patterns. By eliminating those negative thoughts that automatically play in your head over and over, and replacing them with positive affirmations, you can reverse the patterns that created the disease. More and more books are being written with similar beliefs. Philosopher and author, Wayne Dyer, said that when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Or, if you change your thoughts, you change your life. That is true for every aspect of your life, not only your health.
I believe that I live in a world filled with mostly good people who are helpful and kind, with a few bad ones mixed in, who I almost never run across. That is exactly what I find to be true. I run into kind, helpful people where ever I go. Does this happen because I believe it is so?
Maybe a little denial isn’t such a bad thing either. I constantly read blog headlines and personal comments from ALS patients regarding their diagnosis as a death sentence. While that may be the story they have heard from their doctor, why let that be your only focus? I believe if you live with the belief of no hope, and no cure, then that’s what you’ll get. I truly believe that a big part of why I have survived way past the prognosis of a 2-5 year life span, was because I simply refused to believe that was going to happen to me. Some might say I live in denial, because I believe that no illness is a death sentence, and no situation is hopeless! As Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that workin’ out for ya?” My answer is, “Great!”
The Law of Attraction, says that whatever you focus on is what you attract to your life. When you constantly talk about your health problems, you only attract continued health problems. If you constantly talk, or think, about how you have no money, and how you hate that you have no money, and you have too many bills, etc.. You will continue to attract no money, because that is all you are focused on. And on, on it goes, no matter what the topic. So if you want more money, or a job that you love, try not to think about what you don’t have, and think about what you do want. Focus on how you would feel if you had lots of money, or the job of your dreams, or how you would feel if you could walk again, or whatever it is that you desire. Focus on the good stuff and ignore the unwanted bits of your life, as much as safely possible. Day dream about what you want to happen in your life, and soon, your life will catch up with your dreams.